Promoting routine use of developmental and autism-specific screening tools by pediatric primary care clinicians

WMJ. 2014 Dec;113(6):227-31.


Introduction: In 2006, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement recommending routine developmental screening for all children. Most clinicians at that time were using informal methods to monitor child development.

Methods: Outreach to Wisconsin primary care clinicians designed to promote use of validated developmental screening tools began in 2006. A survey of 157 Wisconsin primary care clinicians was conducted in late 2012 to assess routine use of developmental and autism-specific tools.

Results: As compared with a similar survey conducted in 2007, where only 25% of clinicians reported use of a validated developmental screening tool, over 55% of clinicians in this survey reported routine use of validated developmental and autism-specific screening tools within well-child care.

Conclusion: Outreach to clinicians and their care teams, in conjunction with policy statements from national professional organizations and supporting evidence, can contribute to quality improvement in well-child care delivery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Autistic Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / statistics & numerical data*
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Wisconsin